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A horizontal well is created by drilling the lower part of the wellbore parallel to the zone of interest. These wells must be drilled directionally at an angle exceeding 80 degrees. Horizontal drilling can help increase resource recovery while minimizing surface impacts.

While horizontal drilling has been used for decades, technological improvements have made it possible to combine horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing to help coax oil and natural gas out of tight rock.

Today, more than half of western Canada’s wells are being drilled horizontally. Read our annual reserves report, Alberta’s Energy Reserves and Supply/Demand Outlook, to learn how horizontal drilling is being used to recover some of Alberta’s energy resources.

What’s Included in the List

Updated every Wednesday, our horizontal well list includes

  • well location,
  • licence number,
  • well name,
  • licensee name,
  • final drilling date,
  • total depth, and
  • true vertical depth.

Access the List

Horizontal Well List [Tableau, which can be exported to CSV and PDF]

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We publish industry activity lists, data, reports, and other information on a regular basis. Find more information on our Activity and Data page.

Learn more about hydraulic fracturing by watching our animated YouTube video.